If you think housing is expensive now, wait ’til it’s free!
Blaska Policy Werkes declares this immutable Law of Nature: More free stuff exerts costs down the line exponential to their original price.
Madison’s deputy mayor for law enforcement has been deployed to 7933 Tree Lane on the far west side, just off Mineral Point Road. This taxpayer-subsidized, $11.7 million housing project is the newest of Madison’s growing number of war zones.
Social justice warriors, write this down: cops go where the crime is. This month alone, police have been called to the public housing site 50 times in fewer than 30 days. You do the math.
Deputy mayor Gloria Reyes is a former active-duty cop. Gloria, hope you’re carrying.
Shoplifting, fraud, loitering, vandalism, fights, and (of course) shootings. All spilling over into the neighborhood, retail to the south along Mineral Point, single family homes to the north. As Gomer Pyle used to say, Surprise, surprise! If junkies and drunkards did not make poor choices they wouldn’t be in their predicament.
Think of the costs at 7933 Tree Lane of all those police calls. The reduced property values in the neighborhood. The food stamps and other subsidies that — yes — enable their substance abuse.
More free stuff!
Incongruously, the same day my favorite Madison morning newspaper expertly detailed the issues at Tree Lane, its editorial page applauded “Good start on helping the homeless.” The WI State Journal applauded the state interagency council on homelessness (chaired by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, no less). It proposes spending $3.75 million a year on “Housing First.”
Housing First turns on its head the standard social-service policy of providing housing in return for clean and sober. The idea is that substance abusers will survive long enough to clean up their lives through on-site counseling, better living conditions, etc. Fair enough. (The City of Madison’s Jim O’Keefe defended the concept to the Policy Werkes back in August.)
The Policy Werkes does not want to stumble upon any frozen-hard bodies on sidewalks this winter. But no requirements? You want a roof over your head? Fine, you got it. But you got to pay.
You will attend counseling at oh-eight-hundred hours. We come knocking at your door if your assigned chair is empty. Four hours of sheltered workshop begins at oh-nine-hundred hours. Mandatory. Ten hours of building and grounds maintenance weekly.
One more thing: the grounds would be fenced; access and egress would be limited and controlled. (We are told that much of the trouble comes from old acquaintances from outside the complex, perhaps jealous of the others’ good fortune.) Visitors check in at the office and are buzzed in. Them’s the rules. You want “free housing?” This is the price.
Blaska’s Watch Tower: another of these things (perhaps not Housing First, that is unclear) is planned for the site of Babe’s Restaurant on Schroeder Road.
Fire in the forest!
From the Chico, CA Enterprise Record:
Most cities have grass. Paradise’s predominant ground cover is [was] pine needles — extremely flammable pine needles. … When PG&E went into Paradise earlier this year to cut trees that were near power lines, people complained. Pines were the very reason many people move to Paradise. They accepted the danger, despite warnings from so many people.
Underbrush and foresting waste, tinder dry, contributed to the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871 that claimed as many as 2,500 lives.
Here kitty, kitty!
Now that Scott Walker has lost his bid for a third term as governor, Democrats can stop pretending that Wisconsin’s natural environment has been turned into Mars’ Elysium Planitia.
General Motors cannot make cars that no one will buy. That kind of socialist cluelessness is what sank the Soviet economy. The 14,500 laid-off workers can apply at FoxConn Wisconsin.